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November 2014

Twelfth Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test.

Third Quarter Report, 2014 online (20th Report).

This quarterly report is the last, prior to submitting the final report. All of the tasks and subtasks are listed herein with dialog pertaining to activities conducted in this last quarter.
Type logs are being checked for completeness prior to final release.
Affirming possible and previously unrecognized faults has been made easier with the increase in seismic activity in south-central Kanas. The DOE-CO2 mapper has is updated to include the earthquake events since 2011 that are focused around the Mississippian Lime horizontal drilling play. Large volumes of brine are disposed in and around this play extending from north-central Oklahoma into Kansas. Increased seismicity has followed this trend.
The increased in both cumulative brine disposal with some injection wells permitted at high rates (20,000 to 40,000 bbls/day) but lacking daily injection rates and pressures is problematic to understanding or modeling the role of injection and the seismicity or, important to this project, of considering the circumstances in the context of CO2 disposal that has been evaluated in this area. Accordingly, we have elevated the risk of injection of large volumes of fluids pending ongoing analysis outside of this funded program. The fact that the extensive subsurface and surface lineament database exists for the area will be critical to further assessment that will included geomodeling and simulation.

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October 2014

Oct. 23, 2014--Two shallow underground sources of drinking water (USDW) monitoring wells are being drilled this week to obtain a baseline water quality measurement at the Wellington CO2 injection site, as well as to determine the lowermost USDW in the area. David Garrett, a Class VI application reviewer from EPA Region 7, is present to observe the construction as Rick Miller and his team drill the wells. Lynn has been introducing David to the proposed monitoring plans and layout of the work area.

Drilling water sampling wells under way.

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September 2014

Two presentations given at the NETL Carbon Storage R&D Project Review Meeting now online, one for main project and one for Small Scale Field Test.

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August 2014

Second Quarter Report, 2014 online (19th Report).

This quarterly report is the last, prior to submitting the final report. All of the tasks and subtasks are listed herein with dialog pertaining to activities conducted in this last quarter.
Type logs are being checked for completeness prior to final release.
Ten regional sites were selected in southern Kansas for large scale CO2 storage in the Arbuckle saline aquifer. Estimates of the permeability, vertical and horizontal, were used to establish flow units. The test case for the modeling using the flow units was the greater Wellington Field area. The flow units in Wellington KGS #1-32 were initially defined by Mina Fazelalavi. Fifteen layers were defined. These are compared with those derived by Paul Gerlach who used vertical permeability to define flow units for the same well.

Presentation at Kansas NextStep, Aug. 7, 2014.

Eleventh Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test.

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May 2014

Tenth Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test.

First Quarter Report, 2014 online (18th Report).

Data associated with Characterize the Ozark Plateau Aquifer System have been being compiled and are being using to establish the final regional storage assessment. Information will be uploaded to the interactive mapper and NATCARB. The latest versions of the structure, isopach, and fault maps are available, but have yet to be uploaded to the interactive mapper. The recent seismicity in southern Kansas and Oklahoma has led to a closer inspection of our assembled subsurface data, in particular, structural maps. We will confirm accuracy and consistency in mapping known and indicated faults from which will make our final interpretations.
A simpler web address for our interactive mapper is now being used -- http://maps.kgs.ku.edu/co2. The digital type logs in the project will be reviewed in the next quarter before the project is completed. Similarly, stratigraphic correlations will be reviewed. Additional digital deep wells will be inventoried in the study area due the recent increase in drilling in southern Kansas and operators increasing the submission rate for digital wireline logs (LAS).

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February 2014

Ninth Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test. (Revised version of March 11.)

Fourth Quarter Report, 2014 online (17th Report).

The interactive mapper has continued to undergo changes and improvements with plans to finalize for public release in first quarter 2014. The Java-based GEMINI web application is nearing their final release in first quarter of 2014. Functionality of these applications comprising GEMINI will closely be coordinated with the interactive mapper since many applications area launched via the map. Work continues on Shuck Field southwest of Cutter to characterize and model the Chester valley fill sandstone reservoir. An example of some recent activity is recognition of karst development along the valley.

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December 2013
Presentation AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Dec. 9-13.

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November 2013

Eighth Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test.

Third Quarter Report, 2013 online (16th Report).

Weatherford Labs has completed 190 of the 307 whole core analyses and 42 of the 55 plug analyses of the 1024 ft of core acquired in the Berexco Cutter KGS #1. Whole core analysis include Kmax, K90, and Kvert, porosity, grain density, and fluorescence. Plug samples included analysis for air and klinkenberg permeability, porosity, grain density, and fluid saturations. The phi and k plotted versus depth shows preliminary, incomplete analytical results for the core interval extending from the Morrow sandstone to the lower portion of the Arbuckle Group, the Gasconade Dolomite.

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September 2013

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August 2013

Sedimentologic and Stratigraphic Effects of Episodic Structural Activity During the Phanerozoic in the Hugoton Embayment, Kansas USA presented at the Kansas NextStep Oil and Gas Conference, Hays.

Seventh Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test.

Second Quarter Report, 2013 online (15th Report).

  • Completed Task 7.0--Evaluate CO2 Sequestration Potential in Arbuckle Group Saline Aquifer in Wellington Field.
  • Completed Task 9.0 Characterize leakage pathways--risk assessment area.
  • Ongoing--Results are coming available regarding the diagenetic history of the Arbuckle Group based on petrographic and fluid inclusion analysis of the Wellington KGS #1-32 and a core from the uppermost Arbuckle at the OxyChem disposal facility located approximately 20 miles north of Wellington Field. As noted in the statement of work, fractures, where present, shall be analyzed for oil staining and cementation. Isotope analyses shall be carried out on cap rocks and compared with that from Mississippian and Arbuckle Group aquifers to understand if seals had exposure to post-depositional fluids and if the cementation can prevent CO2 leakage. Petrographic and fluid-inclusion studies shall determine whether diagenetic minerals predate oil migration to evaluate seal competency.

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July 2013

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June 2013

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May 2013

Chester Incised Valley System, Haskell and Seward Counties, Kansas, presented to the Kansas Geological Society.

Sixth Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test.

First Quarter Report, 2013 online (14th Report).

  • Task 7--Evaluation of sequestration potential in Arbuckle Group saline aquifer at Wellington Field through refined geomodel and employing initial simulations of small and larger scale CO2 injection
  • Task 10--Risk assessment related to CO2-EOR and CO2-sequestration in saline aquifer
  • Task 12--Regional CO2 Sequestration Potential in 17 Counties
  • New Java Applets for Type Logs and cross section construction--verifying correlations and characterization of rocks and brines for estimating CO2 storage capacity

Presentations from 2013 AAPG Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, "Evaluating Carbon Storage in Morrowan and Mississippian oil fields and Underlying Lower Ordovician Arbuckle Saline Aquifer in Southern Kansas" and "Sedimentologic and Stratigraphic Effects of Episodic Structural Activity During the Phanerozoic in the Hugoton Embayment, Kansas USA".

Updates

Jan. 2013

Evaluating CO2 Utilization and Storage in Kansas, presented to the Tulsa Geological Society.

Fourth Quarter Report, 2012 online (13th Report). Task 7: "Static and dynamic modeling has been completed for the Arbuckle at Wellington Field for use in the Class VI injection application to establish maximum plume extent, plume stabilization time, maximum pressure response, maximum pressure boundary extent, and CO2 trapping. Additional modeling will continue, but a baseline case has been developed that is believed will provide predictable results. Updates to the modeling will be provided to stakeholders as they become available."

Fifth Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test.

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Dec. 2012

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Nov. 2012

Third Quarter Report, 2012 online (12th Report). "Subtask 4.11. Geochemical analysis of water samples from drilling in Wellington Field and Subtask 4.12. Microbiological studies on produced water from Wellington Field. 4.13. Correlate log & core (Wellington)--extend to Ozark Plateau Aquifer System."

Fourth Quarter Report for Small Scale Field Test (second revision, Nov. 12).

Updates

Sept. 2012

Geological reports and LAS files on the Cutter KGS 1 well in Stevens County added as they arrive.

[Oct. 5] Released rig at 12:00 am on 10/5/12. Rig down.

Overview for Cutter KGS 1 site visit, Sept. 10-11, 2012. (Acrobat PDF, 14 MB)

Field Trip; Schedule, updated Sept. 7. (Acrobat PDF, 1 MB)

Updates

August 2012

News Release, Aug. 2, 2012--Geological Survey Drilling SW Kansas Well to Assess CO2 Sequestration Potential

Second Quarter Report, 2012 online (11th Report). "Subtasks completed within current quarter: Subtask 4.11. Geochemical analysis of water samples from drilling in Wellington Field (KU's Arbuckle study) and Subtask 4.12. Microbiological studies on produced water from Wellington Field. 4.13. Correlate log & core (Wellington)--extend to Ozark Plateau Aquifer System."

New presentations given at Kansas Environmental Conference and Kansas NextStep Oil and Gas Conference.

Progress Reports and Photos on the Cutter KGS 1 well in Stevens County.

Presentations given at DOE Carbon Storage R&D Project Review Meeting, Aug. 21-23, 2012 for South-central Kansas and Small Scale Field Test projects.

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July 2012

Third Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test.

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June 2012

First Quarter Report, 2012 online (10th Report). "Subtasks completed within current quarter: Ongoing and Completed Activities--Regional Study Including Southwest Kansas--1) continue quality control, normalization, calibration of digital borehole data; 2) began construction of a 3D geocellullar model of the Arbuckle saline aquifer; 3) characterization and verification of faults using all data types including donated regional 3D seismic in order to complete structural mapping; 4) computing initial estimates of CO2 storage capacity for use in NATCARB carbon sequestration atlas; 5) reviewing new reservoir simulation of Chester sandstone in Pleasant Prairie Field; 6) interpreting and integrating 3D seismic in western Kansas to select location for new basement well. Ongoing and Completed Activities--Wellington Field--1) depth-migrated 3D seismic survey received and uploaded into geomodel and seismic inversion and shear wave interpretations forthcoming; 2) calibrating well logs for revised geomodel of the Mississippian reservoir and prepare geomodel for reservoir simulation."

Talk given at Geophysical Soc. of Oklahoma City, May 22, 2012, on Reservoir Characterization and Modeling of a Chester Incised Valley Fill Reservoir, Pleasant Prairie South Field, Haskell County, Kansas

Updates

May 2012

Second Quarterly Report for Small Scale Field Test.

Anticipated Activities, April 9, 2012.

Business Implications of A Class VI Permit--The Long View? A Kansas Perspective, presentation given in support of Small Scale Field Test project.

Updates

March 2012

New Web Site

February 13, 2012

A new web page has been created in support of the "Small Scale Field Test Demonstrating CO2 Sequestration" project. The first quarterly report has been placed online.

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February 2012

Fourth Quarter Report, 2011 online (9th Report).

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January 2012

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December 2011

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November 2011

Two PDFs online from U.S. Department of Energy Carbon Storage Program Infrastructure Annual Review Meeting (featuring DOE's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships), Pittsburgh, PA, November 15-17, 2011

AAPG Mid-Continent and KDHE Fall Seminar presentations online

Third Quarter Report, 2011 online.

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August 2011

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July 2011

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May 2011

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April 2011

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March 2011

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January 2011

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December 2010

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November 2010

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Oct. 2010

Presentation added--talk given at the Annual Review Meeting, Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships.

Continuation Application of Oct. 25 added.

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Sept. 2010

Presentation added--talk given at the KDHE Geology Section Fall Seminar, Wichita.

Updates

August 2010

Presentation added--talk given at the Kansas Next Step Conference in Hays, KS. Includes new simulation results.

Gravity Data added. Included is a report on the acquisition and processing of the data, maps of the gravity stations and data, and files of the data.

Project Area

March 2010

Map of Kansas oil and gas fields; model will parts of 12 counties in south-central Kansas.

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